A few Sundays ago I ventured to Shoreditch with some friends on a 'photographic walking tour' of the neighborhood. Shoreditch is a hip (think Williamsburg, Americans) area east of central London, chock full of boutiques, outdoor markets, and foodie hot-spots, not to mention it hosts some of the city's best street art. It thus made for the perfect backdrop to toy around with my Canon DSLR camera, which I am ashamed to say I knew only how to operate on its automatic settings until this little adventure.
Luckily my friend and amateur photographer Sarah was kind enough to give me a photography lesson while we were exploring, and I have to say the girl's got skills. At first I was totally confused - what even is ISO - but after she told me to think of my camera lens working the same way as a human eye, the whole thing became much more intuitive. By the end of the day I was in manual mode and adjusting the shutter speed all on my own.
Of course, the day wouldn't have been complete without a little OOTD action. Those of you who follow me on instagram (@joie_de_la_mode) may recognize the top half of my ensemble as I posted a preview picture a few days ago. The credit for the results of this photo shoot all go to Sarah, who took these shots and really showed me how to use a DSLR like a pro. She chose an old brick building to serve as our backdrop, which I think played really well with the colors in my blouse and scarf.
As for the outfit - how amazing are these boots? I got them a year ago because they instantly reminded me of Givenchy's Shark Lock wedge boots, which I love, but were a fraction of the price (which I also love). The knee-high boot trend has been in style for a few seasons now, and these babies have been a consistent go-to in my closet since they are both versatile and surprisingly comfortable.
The weather that day was clear but crisp, so I paired my boots with my favorite textured leggings (featured in this OOTD post) and a green pleated blouse. I love the sleeves of this top - they have just a hint of '70s flair but are still subtle and not so wide that they get in the way. To break up the repetition of solid colors I added this gorgeous patterned scarf. When in doubt, scarves are an easy way to add dimension and a hint of playfulness (and warmth!) to an otherwise monotone outfit.
Lastly, I received some very nice compliments on the way I braided my hair for this look. I cut my hair short during the holidays and for a while I was afraid to try anything fancy in the way of up-dos, but it's gotten to a nice mid-length where I can now add a few small braids and hide the rest in a bun with a fair degree of success. That was more or less my approach, and with a bit of hairspray and lots of hidden bobby pins it actually came out looking much more intricate than it was, so if you'd like to see a tutorial please leave me a comment and let me know!